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for defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> also, an unfolding scandal involving a united states senator denying allegations of prostitution and free plane trips. >>> eight "new york times" reveals its been under attacks for months by someone in china. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we were bracing for fireworks at today's confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel but it actually turned out to be even a lot tougher than many of us expected. republicans grilled hagel raising serious questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck was battered by republicans, forcing some stumbles and bruising. so far, no knockout blow but the day of questioning is not over yet. former senator chuck hagel sat at the table alone fielding hostile questi
't know what his thinking was, but he has a bad habit of forgets there's a united states senate. the constitution says there are 1100 positions like secretary of state and member of the national labor relations board that require advise and consent of the senate. if you sent someone up here that the senators don't want to confirm, they can't be confirmed. i was that way, president bush the first sent my name up education senator 20 years ago and some democratic senators held me up three months and that's what the senate does. >> greta: a single republican could have held up the appointment. it's not that the senate is-- the senate majority is democrats, so, one single republican could have held up the-- >> no, not really. it's 40 republicans or if 40 senators can block an appointment. it takes 40. >> greta: okay, so he would have gotten-- wouldn't you expect his appointments to the nlrb in light of the fact there are so many democrats in the senate, that is the majority, that they would have gotten confirmed anyway? >> neighbor, but in these appointees said we think we can get r
vulnerable democrats who had barely won their seats to expand the majority of the united states senate. >> and in the house. not the majority but to pick up eight seats? >> pick up eight seats after in 30 states, they elected republican governors and republican legislate temperatures and redistrict seats to make them. if that did not happen the republicans would not be in charge of the house but the resdrithing that happened in that made those seats safe or the kind of democratic year that we had in 2012 not enough to change the chamber. >> so they've got to do some rebranding and rethinking. maybe rethinking some of their policies, too. michael, great to visit with you? >> thanks. >> a lot of fun. thap for coming in. you know the political landscape. we appreciate that. we will get you back in soon. >> thanks. >> you can form michael on twitter at michaelpmeehan. see you soon. >> this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. [ music ] i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they c
with the decision from the united states court of appeals, the d.c. circuit, which says that its appointments, president's appointments are unconstitutional in the pro forma recess. >> well, that's right. it said that the president made recess appointments at a time when the senate wasn't in recess. according to article 2, section 2 of the constitution, you can't do that. >> why did it take so long to be challenged? i think that has happened a number of times before. >> it has. but when the president did that, we talked about it in the senate. we republican senators that we could either blow up the senate and go out in the street and holler. we decided to use the system we have. so we hired an attorney to tyke the case to court and the judges unanimously ruled that the president exceeded his constitutional authority. it's an important one because this is the part of the constitution that says we don't want a tyrannical executive, that's why we have a country. i went to mt. vernon last year and our revolution was about restraining an imperial presidency, then a king. >> would the president not
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